17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Darwin Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Darwin Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Gold Coast & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Hyderabad, India to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 4 hours. When traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, South Bank Parklands, & more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and stop by Viva La Body.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin route planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Darwin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in December, with highs in Darwin at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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